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it’s too bad i was driving alone when this report aired today. the combination of me choking in laughter with a sense of sick disbelief, nearly veering into the right lane along sunset, would have probably been quite entertaining. i still can’t believe this is actually a real thing people care about—

Tomorrow night, in prime time, the [January 6 investigation] committee will launch a series of hearings to reveal its findings. Here’s committee member Adam Schiff:

“We’re going to use whatever resources we can to make the presentation as compelling as possible … It’s a pretty dramatic story and it has to be told in a dramatic way.”

somehow i still under-estimate the lengths the democratic party will go to in performing political theater above taking political action. a fucking prime-time televised spectacle for something that happened over a year ago while a gallon of gas costs above the federal minimum wage & there’s been an average of two mass-shootings a day over the past three weeks. what tone-deaf morons.

for all their squawking about how much of a ‘threat to democracy’ the events of january 6 held, never will a liberal call out wall street or the military-industrial complex with the same fervor. all of these institutions hold the same interests in preserving control over the people of the united states—and, by extension, the world—via gold & a gun.

—hilariously, in 2019 democrats pledged to bring an up-or-down vote on citizens united to the senate floor if they were to win the chamber. (another broken promise.) so now, this quote is just killing me—

Schumer added that “overturning Citizens United is probably more important than any other single thing we could do to preserve this great and grand democracy.”

i’ve never been a big fan of the media-mania that is being made of the january 6 riot as it’s basically become a giant showcase on how easy it would have been to topple the government. if i was some maga dipshit, this entire thing is a lesson in what went wrong & how to do it right next time. i’d call some sort of armed response to the 2024 election quite probable, and this all seems to be a guide on what to do to make it work then.

with the uvalde massacre, it seems like people are finally waking up to the complicity liberalism has in the authoritarian efforts of the far-right police state. the democrats create bullshit theatrics to distract from the horrific actions of the armed officers serving at home & abroad, so long as it keeps the money flowing upward. january 6 threatened an interruption to that balance & so it’s just the next thing to be an example made of—something to (mostly) keep the op-ed pages from discussing actual horror.

it is beyond fucked that the phrase, what can be said that hasn’t already been said before? is prominent rhetoric about children being murdered at their elementary school.

i watched a movie & when i turned my phone off there were 15 people dead. when i turned it back on the amount of confirmed dead increased by five. by the time i began writing this post to hitting ‘publish,’ the number of confirmed dead children increased from 18 to 19.

the ag of texas is suggesting teachers be trained & armed. i’m just thinking about that training room where they show some 29-year-old, fresh out of grad school & wanting to help 11-year-olds learn math, a life-size printout of a teenager holding an assault rifle and telling them to shoot it in the face until they’re numb to the idea of it being a real kid. absolutely psychotic even to just imagine, much less present as a ‘solution’ to anything.

—this is all on top of the fact cops had a gunfight with the shooter before he entered the school, but the cops waited for a swat team to show up before going in after him. meaning the fucking police waited outside of a school where they knew a gunman was inside killing kids. anyone who promotes the fucking cops as another solution can get fucked, these pigs are cowards

families are getting swabbed for dna because some of the children can’t be identified. “the agonized screams of family members are audible from the parking lot.”

i have no children to worry for & shit like this still just ruins me—there’s no way to come to an understanding with something like this. as senator chris murphy asks, rightfully so, what are we doing?

another tuesday in america, another slaughterhouse that was, until now, an elementary school. they’re saying 15 dead—14 kids & a teacher.

at this point there is nothing to say or do, really. there’s a playoff basketball game in dallas tonight & i wish instead of an inevitable moment of silence beforehand, the players just said, nope. no more basketball until y’all figure out how to make it so children aren’t massacred at school.

it’s shameful that politicians take no measures after atrocities like this, and it’s shameful the people let them. that we move on. that we let ourselves move on.

they’ve been making a big deal on the news about war crimes over in ukraine, which usually involves the shooting of unarmed civilians. like, if this happened in a war it would be considered horrific. and yet in the united states, it’s just a part of life.

Colin Smith (b. 1982) works in a form of assembly within and across disciplines, both in digital and analogue formats. Following in the ideas of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the medium of his work is often dictated by its message—the diversity of projects that result are each an attempt to represent a particular thesis, a certain context.

Educated in graphic design and photojournalism, and self-taught in the visual arts, Smith has additionally worked as an art director, freelance designer or creative consultant for a variety of small businesses and independent clients around the world.

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